Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Winemaker Andy Erickson

12/10 Winemaker Andy Erickson, Mayacamas Wine

@MayacamasWine

Adam Plotkin ‏@AdamPlotkin @KeeperColl @bibracamontes @StevieStacionis @mcontrol @GUSTOTastings @WholeFoodsATX @Eno_DC Greetings from rainy #PDX, #SommChat ers!

Irene L ‏@i_on_food_drink @KeeperColl @duckhornwine @winesellersltd @MattMcGinnis happy #ww #SommChat day to all !

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear frm #Winemaker Andy Erickson @MayacamasWine #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We’d like to introduce you to #Winemaker Andy Erickson @MayacamasWine #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Andy @MayacamasWine 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

WineCompass ‏@winecompass @KeeperColl Here's where you can find @mayacamaswine in #Napa #theCompassApp http://tinyurl.com/thecompassapp #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl As we ask #Winemaker Andy Erickson @MayacamasWine our Qs, U can ask him Ur Qs as well! He'll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking #wine with #Winemaker Andy Erickson @MayacamasWine #WW #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl Really excited to be here, looking forward to all the questions #SommChat

Harley Carbery ‏@harleywine1 @KeeperColl @mayacamaswine Good morning from #Vegas! How are you Andy? #WW #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @harleywine1 @KeeperColl Really great, battening down the hatches for our first big rain storm in 2 years #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, what got you interested in the #Wine business & when did you first get interested? #SommChat

TENZING Wine&Spirits ‏@tenzingws .@mayacamaswine Hi Andy! How did you get into wine? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards @mayacamaswine @KeeperColl @tenzingws I spent a summer in France when I was in college, and my eyes were opened to wine. #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Good morning all! Nice to join you today! - #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl gr8 2 C U and look fwd to your Questions RT @demilove: @KeeperColl - Good morning all! Nice to join you today! - #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery I like what Mayacamas means, how does its Native American past still tie into the vineyard of today @mayacamaswine? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl The name is the native american name for the mountain range. The history if the vineyard started 1870s #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery The logo itself is beautiful, any plans on new labels or new projects at Mayacamas @mayacamaswine? @KeeperColl #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl we would be crazy to change the label. very busy with the present restoration project...is that new? #SommChat

TENZING Wine&Spirits ‏@tenzingws .@mayacamaswine How would you describe your winemaking philosophy? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @tenzingws Very important we respect and continue the Travers style of wine: dense, bright wines, lower alcohol, very ageable #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery I read Château Ausone is your favorite wine, but what else tops the list & what would your wife choose @mayacamaswine? #SommChat @KeeperColl

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl we love wines from northern rhone, and white wines from northern italy, and #napavalley #SommChat.

Sandy Wasserman CS ‏@SandyWasserman Q Andy @mayacamaswine Who are your wine making mentors? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards @mayacamaswine: @SandyWasserman david abreu, john kongsgaard, michel rolland, and now bob travers #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @mayacamaswine Can you explain more about the Bob Travers style of #wine #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl embracing the tannin, high acidity, bright, lower alcohol, very ageable #SommChat

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Would love to see #EmbraceTheTannin trending on this wonderful #WineWednesday! Great phrase! @mayacamaswine @KeeperColl #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep @mayacamaswine what do you see as the changes in #NapaValley Wine in the next 5 years ?

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl hopefully earlier harvesting, lower alcohols, more attention to vineyard practices but that's just me #napavalley #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, what do you do to highlight the character of each unique vineyard you work with? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl each vineyard has its own character, so very important to respect that. You can't fight it. #SommChat

WineCompass ‏@winecompass Q. @mayacamaswine How was this year's harvest-growing season as compared to previous years? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @winecompass 2012, 13, and 14 are all stellar. I would say 13 is strongest, followed closely by 14 and 12, in terms of density #SommChat

Monika Elling ‏@Foundationspr Late but present! Hello Andy @mayacamaswine and thanks @KeeperColl for the invite.#SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @Foundationspr look forward to your questions and glad to see you here #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, tell us about the weather advantages at Mayacamas, relative to moisture & temps? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl High Elevation, more precipitation than other parts of Napa = cooler temperatures + possibility of dry farming #SommChat

Monika Elling ‏@Foundationspr Andy, what is your favorite wine (if there is such a thing) out of your current lineup? @mayacamaswine @KeeperColl #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @Foundationspr @KeeperColl of course Favia Wines, which are my own wines I make with my wife, Annie Favia #SommChat

Lynne Bryant, CS ‏@winegalLynne Hello #SommChat friends! late, but ready to chat! @KeeperColl #SommChat @mayacamaswine

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @winegalLynne so glad you can join in at #SommChat - can't wait for you questions!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr shy #SommChat Peep @mayacamaswine do U use irrigation w/ the level of precipitation you get? R there other wineries that get same adv?

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl everywhere we can we are working toward dry farming. Even during the drought we learned that vines are very tough #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, what was your first harvest in the #Wine business? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl I worked 2 harvests in 1994—#Mendoza, Argentina and #napavalley, California #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @mayacamaswine do you use anything you learned working in #mendoza in your #winemaking today in #napavalley and if so what? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl I've learned that wine is a long term endeavor. That was 21 years ago! #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery What has been the most exciting thing about making your own wine @mayacamaswine? #SommChat @Foundationspr @KeeperColl

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @cecchiwinery @Foundationspr @KeeperColl making all the decisions, taking all the risk, reaping all the reward #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Yes, the rewards are not bad at all ;) @mayacamaswine @Foundationspr @KeeperColl #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, what do you believe makes these #Wines age-worthy? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl mountain tannins, high acid #SommChat

Lynne Bryant, CS @winegalLynne: Q. @mayacamaswine As a winemaker, what challenges u or keeps u going? The vineyards, final product, people? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl @winegalLynne all of the above. farming most of all, but getting the final product to the right people is key #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, tell us a bit about the #terroir you work with at Mayacamas. #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl very diverse soils, high elevation (cool) south to southwest exposures, dry farmed vineyards #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep - does @mayacamaswine have any plans to expand & if so where and any new #varietals?

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl only to get the existing vineyards to great health, concentrating on CS, Merlot, and Chardonnay, all on mt veeder #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, what do you most enjoy about working with Mayacamas Vineyards? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl Being part of an important restoration project, great history, amazing terroir, and an unparalleled library of wines #SommChat

Lynne Bryant, CS ‏@winegalLynne Q.@KeeperColl @mayacamaswine R native yeasts used more now? Do u have a preference/can it change w/vineyard locale? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @winegalLynne @KeeperColl complicated question but yes I use native yeasts with some vineyards, some vineyards no #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine heard U hold back old #vintages 4 resale, what is oldest #wine fr Cellar u tasted & pls share notes? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl 1963 Cabernet Sauvginon, still with life in it #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, what do you like to do with your personal time? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl I love to travel, grow things, build things, ski, bike, cook, and spend time with family #SommChat

Lynne Bryant, CS ‏@winegalLynne Q.@KeeperColl @mayacamaswine Do u enjoy making white wine as much as red? Any challenges or fun w/either? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @winegalLynne @KeeperColl both are an enjoyable challenge, though the whole, year-long process with red is more rewarding #SommChat

Courtney Quinn ‏@Path2Wine @mayacamaswine I see some of your Chardonnay vines are from the 50s are they still developing great grapes? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @Path2Wine We are now working with vines from the 1970s, also old and majestic. Last hurrah from the 1950s was 2013 #fanleafvirus #SommChat

Courtney Quinn ‏@Path2Wine Q. @mayacamaswine What differences do you see in the Chardonnay vines from the 70s than newer vines? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @Path2Wine lower yields, more intensity, plus dry farming gives concentration #SommChat

Courtney Quinn ‏@Path2Wine Thanks @mayacamaswine for sharing info on older vines. Glad to get the perspective of a great winemaker. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep, do you taste #wine w/ other #NapaValley #winemakers and if so who and how often? 4 pleasure or learning?

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl yes and yes! In several tasting groups, some technical, some for pleasure. Going to one tonight..spanish whites + fish #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q, @mayacamaswine How large is UR production & how many wines do U produce annually? do U sell all over US? any other Countries? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl 2-3,000 cases of red, plus about 1K white. Where it's sold is a question for @nottooripe Jimmy Hayes #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Is there a grape you would love to work with but is just wrong for your current terroir> - #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @demilove @KeeperColl Pinot Noir, but I've heard there is some over the mountains to our west... #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine Andy, what #Wine regions have you not been to visit that you would like to visit? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl Australia, Mosel, Ch-d-P #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. @mayacamaswine how do you focus on more that #winemaking project and how many acres of #vineyards in total do you oversee? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl I have great people working with me, so I can focus on vineyards and tasting wines. Total acres? good question #SommChat

Kay Marley-Dilworth ‏@ATXFoodnews Joined #SommChat late, but catching up by reading the feed, @KeeperColl. Good morning, @mayacamaswine!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @ATXFoodnews great to see you here on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr Shy #SommChat peep What R the biggest challenges in #winemaking in #napaValley for @mayacamaswine & what R U doing to face them?

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl replanting vineyards in an era of drought. we are working hard on water issues. Need more than 140 characters! #SommChat

Lynne Bryant, CS ‏@winegalLynne Q.@KeeperColl @mayacamaswine If/when u need a break from wine, do u have a fav cocktail/beer? =) #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @winegalLynne @KeeperColl Pliny the Elder! #SommChat

Lynne Bryant, CS ‏@winegalLynne @mayacamaswine @KeeperColl Awesome! One of my husband's favs too! #SommChat

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery What is the most surprising challenge you’ve noticed when running many wineries @mayacamaswine? #SommChat

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @cecchiwinery @KeeperColl many people do not have simple QC systems in place, which is something we always do first thing #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed #wine talk w/ #Winemaker Andy Erickson @MayacamasWine #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Great to have #Winemaker Andy Erickson @MayacamasWine join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Andy Erickson @MayacamasWine for his time #SommChat #WW #Winelover

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Spc #SommChat w/ #Winemaker Wilhelm Weil & #Somm Nicolas Pfaff 2 discuss Robert Weil #Wines via @DrLoosenImports Wed 12/17 11 AM CST

Lynne Bryant, CS ‏@winegalLynne @mayacamaswine Thx so much 4 being here on #SommChat! Really respect u and thx 4 gr8 wines. Cheers!

Mayacamas Vineyards ‏@mayacamaswine @KeeperColl Thanks for taking the time,and for representing our wines to the public! You are key to our success. Have a great day #SommChat

Lynne Bryant, CS ‏@winegalLynne @KeeperColl Thx again 4 a fun, informative #SommChat. Bye 4 now, friends. Cheers!

Cecchi Winery ‏@cecchiwinery Thanks for the great chat @mayacamaswine! @KeeperColl #SommChat

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